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defrost

[dih-frawst, -frost] /dɪˈfrɔst, -ˈfrɒst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to remove the frost or ice from:
to defrost a refrigerator; to defrost the windshield of a car.
2.
to thaw or partially thaw (frozen food).
verb (used without object)
3.
to become free of ice or frost:
The refrigerator defrosted quickly.
4.
to thaw, as frozen food:
The meat took two hours to defrost.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; de- + frost
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Examples from the web for defrost
  • The growth came back quickly even after a defrost and bleach cleaning.
  • To defrost, thaw in the refrigerator several hours before using.
  • The consensus appears to be that when you try to defrost a frozen corpse you get mush.
  • For each portion, thaw three or four cubes in a microwave on the defrost setting.
  • defrost it overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
  • Smaller items will defrost more evenly than larger pieces of food.
  • Ground beef, stew meat, and steaks may defrost within a day.
  • The number of defrost cycles required for a display case is dependent upon its type and design.
  • Automatic, manual, and partial automatic are the standard defrost types.
  • defrost puff pastry on parchment lined heavy cookie sheet in refrigerator.
British Dictionary definitions for defrost

defrost

/diːˈfrɒst/
verb
1.
to make or become free of frost or ice
2.
to thaw, esp through removal from a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for defrost
v.

1895, from de- + frost. Related: Defrosted; defrosting.

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